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Wednesday’s national forecast

A northwesterly airflow changes to the southwest over the South Island today heralding in cooler temperatures. These cooler temperatures arrive in the North Island on Thursday.

Northland, Auckland, Waikato & Bay Of Plenty
Sunny spells and the odd shower, long dry spells too. The Bay Of Plenty is mainly dry after any morning showers clear. Breezy westerly winds.
Highs: 20-21

Western North Island (including Central North Island)
Showers, some sun may break through at times. Blustery west to northwesterly winds, strong now and then about the coast.
Highs: 16-19

Eastern North Island
Mostly sunny with breezy northwesterly winds, gusty about the Wairarapa.
Highs: 23-26

Cloudy areas and the odd shower, strong northwesterly winds. Conditions ease later in the evening.
High: 17

Marlborough & Nelson
Sunny areas and some high cloud, a few showers pass over the Nelson area around midday. Winds gusty from the northwest. Chance of a shower late afternoon or evening about coastal Marlborough as northwesterly winds change southwest.
Highs: 18-21

Showers about South Canterbury spreading into North Canterbury by midday as southwesterly winds freshen. Inland parts of Canterbury north of the Rakaia Gorge may see a period of rain from late afternoon then easing overnight.
Highs: 14-18

West Coast
Morning rain, possibly heavy with thunderstorms north of about Greymouth then easing to the odd shower from afternoon as gusty northwest winds change westerly.
Highs: 15-17

Southland & Otago
Morning rain (possibly heavy) then easing to showers, fresh cool southwest winds strong about the Otago coast.
Highs: 13-15

By Weather Analyst Aaron Wilkinson –


Richard on 4/12/2018 6:48pm

Raining in Oamaru, we seriously don’t need this rain, we are still recovering from the amount we got in November. I can’t recall such a wet start to summer, the lack of sun, so many cloudy days and cool temperatures and not a temperature above 20 deg in a while. We’ve had like only Pockets of sun in the last 2 weeks, hopefully it’s the complete reverse from last summer as we had a very wet February, we get this chaotic weather pattern out of the way and then more frequent high pressures.

WW Forecast Team on 4/12/2018 7:22pm

Hi Richard, thanks very much for your feedback and comments. Here’s hoping you’re right and we’re having a wet end to 2018 to balance a fairly dry start to 2019 – certainly the next several days ahead are drier rather than wetter (but still some rain for Oamaru). General trend nationwide is for a reduction in wet days in the coming several days so fingers crossed you get the benefits of a drier weather pattern.

Phil D

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